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Family Time in Salt Lake City

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Family Time in Salt Lake City
Any time of year, Salt Lake City is great for families with zoos, parks, museums, galleries, festivals, sporting events, along with the endless activities for kids to be out in the great outdoors. There's something for every age group from the smallest tykes looking to rip around to sesoned adults who are just as happy to sit back and watch the tykes.
By Cameron Martindell, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Barbara Schoenfeld
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    Art & Entertainment for All
    Art & Entertainment for All
    The celebrated Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed at the inauguration of five American presidents, 13 World’s Fairs, countless live events, and some of the largest concert halls in the world. But the ideal place to experience a performance remains the Tabernacle Theatre at Temple Square. SLC’s historic Capitol Theatre, built in 1913, is home to the Utah Opera, Children’s Dance Theatre, Ballet West, and more, and serves as a great family introduction to the world of high art. Utah’s answer to Broadway, the Capitol is located in a lively part of town known for its architectural marvels. More recetnly, opened in October of 2016, Eccles Theater, has a few venues for shows and entertaining.
    Photo by Barbara Schoenfeld
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    Family Friendly Museums & Librarys
    Family Friendly Museums & Librarys
    Utah’s cultural and historical capital, SLC is home to numerous museums, art galleries, and monuments. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts rotates 15 exhibitions annually, and features important works from local Utah and Western masters. It also hosts a series of workshops, discussions, and film programs. The Natural History Museum of Utah displays more than 5,000 fascinating artifacts, and pays homage to Utah’s spectacular archaeological legacy. Kids can go hands-on with a number of paleontological discoveries at The Children’s Museum of Utah, a 60,000-square-foot emporium of educational fun. Also educational is The Leonardo science and technology museum, with interactive exhibits exploring the intersection of science, technology, and art. And don't forget about SLC's great libraries. Right downtown the flagship Public Library is worth the visit for more that just books.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Salt Lake
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    Parks and Recreation
    Parks and Recreation
    The greater Salt Lake City area hosts a number of excellent parks prime for family recreation. Unmissible is the namesake Great Salt Lake where three state parks like Antelope Island State Park provide access to the waters. In the opposite direction of the Great Lake is the Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail, which does not need to be done all in one shot—families can pick and choose the sections that best suit them. Beyond the Wasatch lies Jordanelle State Park—prime for lounging or playing in the water. And up north of SLC is the quaint town of Ogden—brimming with endless possiblities of it's own from mountains to water fun.
    Photo by Thom Gourley/age fotostock
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    Family-Friendly Festivals
    Family-Friendly Festivals
    Many of SLC’s festivals and civic events cater to families. The Living Traditions Festival, held in May, is a celebration of traditional ethnic and folk arts presented by the SLC Arts Council. Utah Arts Festival is a four-day event held the third weekend in June that draws nearly 100,000 attendees to Library and Washington Squares. Culinary masters, performing arts groups, and visual artists are the stars of Utah’s largest outdoor arts fest, an event with plenty to keep everyone in the family occupied. The Days of ’47 Parade and Rodeo, held each July, commemorates the pioneer settlers of Salt Lake Valley with a raucous Western bash and classic cowboy good times. Shine your boots and brush up on your line dancing skills.
    Photo courtesy of Emily Sargent/Visit Salt Lake